List Of Writing Conferences

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A free list of writing conferences and other events for writers. These conferences are listed in alphabetical order by state. Conferences outside of the United States, including events held/offered at multiple locations, are listed at the bottom.

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Title: Salt Cay Writers Retreat
State: Bahamas
Registration Due: 10/1/14
Conf. Dates:10/20/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Work one-on-one With #1 NY Times bestselling authors Lorenzo Carcaterra, Robert Goolrick, and Jacquelyn Mitchard, #1 international bestselling author and Random House editor David Ebershoff, National Book Award winner Téa Obreht, agents Jeff Kleinman, Erin Harris, Erin Niumata, and Jill Marr in a beautiful and inspiring setting.
URL: Salt Cay Writers Retreat

Title: The Writing Salon
State: California
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:2/14/2014 - 12/1/2014
Info:Various classes. See site for more details. Creative Writing Classes — Serving the Bay Area — Fiction, Non-Fiction, Creative Non-Fiction (Personal Essays/Memoirs) Screenwriting, Playwriting, Poetry, Children's Books, Travel Writing, Food Writing, Marketing and Publishing and more
URL: The Writing Salon

Title: Writing The Rockies Creative Writing Conference
State: Colorado
Registration Due: 7/15/14
Conf. Dates:7/24/2014 - 7/26/2014
Info:Four simultaneous tracks – fiction, poetry, screenwriting, publishing. Keynotes include legendary “Forever War” author Joe Haldemann, “Battlestar Gallatica” and “Falling Skies” screenwriter Joel Thompson, “Shadowrun” writer John Helfers, plus agent and editor pitches.
URL: Writing The Rockies Creative Writing Conference

Title: IWWG's 37th Annual Summer Conference
State: Connecticut
Registration Due: 8/1/14
Conf. Dates:8/17/2014 - 8/22/2014
Info:Four full days of workshops, in an exclusive retreat setting, that explore the spiritual, emotional, creative, and technical sides of writing. An experience that will inspire you throughout the year.
URL: IWWG's 37th Annual Summer Conference

Title: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop
State: Florida
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:1/1/2014 - 12/31/2014
Info:The Peripatetic Writing Workshop, Inc, is known for warm yet rigorous critiques of novels, short stories and creative nonfiction in small, intimate groups. The workshops are conducted based on Martha's and Maureen's experiences leading the Peripatetic over 20 years, as well as from years of teaching creative writing at New York University, The Writer's Voice, The New York Writers Workshop and other schools and colleges. Published authors and free-lance editors with substantial contacts in the publishing world, they've worked with many writers who have gone on to publish successfully. Ongoing dates.
URL: The Peripatetic Writing Workshop

Title: Bearing Witness: A Journey Into You Writing Workshop
State: Georgia
Registration Due: 8/25/14
Conf. Dates:10/25/2014 - 10/25/2014
Info:Personally intuitive and deeply motivational, this creative event is designed to unlock the door that has been blocking you from exploring the world of writing. It will ease you into your personal creativity, allowing you to fully embrace the power and grace of the written word.
URL: Bearing Witness: A Journey Into You Writing Workshop

Title: Cape Cod Writers Center Conference
State: Massachusetts
Registration Due: 7/25/14
Conf. Dates:8/7/2014 - 8/10/2014
Info:The Largest Broad-Based Writers Conference in the Northeast. Fiction, nonfiction, poetry, screenwriting, book promotion/publicity, social media, manuscript evaluations. Meet publicists, media experts, agents, & editors.
URL: Cape Cod Writers Center Conference

Title: The Frost Place Poetry Seminar
State: New Hampshire
Registration Due: 7/1/14
Conf. Dates:8/3/2014 - 8/9/2014
Info:The Seminar is a unique opportunity for dedicated poets to delve intensely into the poetic process in a small group setting. Participants will have their poems-in-progress given generous and focused attention in workshops and one-on-one meetings with faculty, and will be invited to think in new ways about what can be accomplished in revision. For an additional fee, the Seminar will offer full-length manuscript review to a limited number of participants.
URL: The Frost Place Poetry Seminar

Title: The New York City Poetry Festival
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:7/26/2014 - 7/27/2014
Info:Featuring Paul Muldoon and the Wayside Shrines, Mark Doty, Joyelle McSweeney, Matthea Harvey, and over 250 other poets.
URL: The New York City Poetry Festival

Title: Writer’s Digest Annual Conference
State: New York
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:8/1/2014 - 8/3/2014
Info:Take control of your writing career, hone your craft and fuel your creative fire at Writer’s Digest Annual Conference, brought to you by the editors of the industry’s most trusted source for writing advice and insight for more than 90 years—Writer’s Digest. With more than 50 agents and editors participating in the Pitch Slam and dozens of insightful sessions led by industry experts and successful writers, Writer’s Digest Annual Conference is an unprecedented opportunity to advance your career and improve your practice.
URL: Writer’s Digest Annual Conference

Title: Peru, Weaving Words & Women
State: Peru
Registration Due: 8/1/14
Conf. Dates:10/3/2014 - 10/14/2014
Info:Immerse yourself in ancient Peru. Discover the Sacred Valley, Patacancha, Cusco, and Machu Picchu. Watch the nimble fingers of the women weavers with their vibrant strands of wool. Open the pages of your journal and weave your own tapestry with words. In partnership with Laura Tyson and True Nature Journeys.
URL: Weaving Words & Women

Title: Killer Nashville
State: Tennessee
Registration Due: N/A
Conf. Dates:8/21/2014 - 8/24/2014
Info:Killer Nashville is a writers conference with emphasis on networking, individual education, and personal career planning. Our guests of honor are bestselling authors Lisa Jackson and William Kent Krueger.
URL: Killer Nashville

Title: 17th Annual River Writing Journey for Women, “A River of One’s Own: A Heroine’s Journey into the World of Story”
State: Utah
Registration Due: 7/1/14
Conf. Dates:8/10/2014 - 8/16/2014
Info:Journey down the Colorado River with Ellen McLaughlin and Page Lambert through beautiful Canyonlands National Park, Cataract Canyon, and Lake Powell. Then enjoy a breathtaking scenic flight over Canyonlands as you return to Moab. Page Lambert’s river writing journeys were featured in Oprah’s O magazine in 2006 as “One of the top six, great all-girl getaways of the year!”
URL: A River of One's Own

Title: The Virginia Writers Club 4th Annual Writers Symposium, Navigating Your Writing Life: Finding Your Way
State: Virginia
Registration Due: 6/15/14 (early bird), 7/28/14 (regular)
Conf. Dates:8/2/2014 - 8/2/2014
Info:This symposium is designed to offer writers important tips for crafting memoir, non-fiction, fiction, poetry, mysteries, and thrillers, as well as effectively managing social media and the intricacies of publishing. This year’s keynote speaker is the talented Kathryn Erskine, author of “Mockingbird”, a 2010 National Book Award winner.
URL: Virginia Writers Club Annual Symposium

Title: Hedgebrook Writers in Residence
State: Washington
Registration Due: 9/01/13
Conf. Dates:2/1/2014 - 10/1/2014
Info:Hedgebrook hosts women writers from all over the world for residencies of two to six weeks, at no cost to the writer. Residents are housed in six handcrafted cottages, where they spend their days in solitude. In the evenings, they gather in the farmhouse kitchen to share a home-cooked gourmet meal, their work, their process and their stories.
URL: Hedgebrook Writers in Residence

Title: Calling In Your Muse: The Five Keys to a Creative Life
State: Online
Registration Due: Ongoing registration throughout course
Conf. Dates:6/26/2014 - 7/31/2014
Info:Session 1: Calling in the Muse - Free Introductory Session, June 26th, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Session 2: The Power of Risk, Courage and Persistence, July 10th, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Session 3: Passion, Focus, and Flow, July 17th, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Session 4: Waking Down into your Senses, July 24th, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific
Session 5: The Creative Source: Daydreaming, Silence, and Solitude, July 31st, 9pm Eastern/6pm Pacific

In this Five-Part, interactive online video course, author and teacher Roger Housden will host a series of live, online conversations with internationally renowned authors Andrew Harvey, Charles Eisenstein, Marci Shimoff, Ellen Bass, and Jan Phillips about igniting a deeper level of creativity. Roger and his visionary guests will help you discovery your own unique expression through discussion, journaling, and homework assignments.
URL: Calling In Your Muse: The Five Keys to a Creative Life

A free list of writing conferences for creative writers, complied and updated regularly by Writer’s Relief. Find a writers conference near you with this list of events for writers organized by state and date. With our list, you can find conferences that have various focuses: conferences for poets, novelists, fiction writers, nonfiction writers, Christian writers, Jewish writers, and more. Some conferences are organized around a central genre, such as literary writing, commercial writing, romance, science fiction, fantasy, thriller, mystery, crime, and more. Other writers conferences are geared toward a certain level of writer: some are exclusive and only for the best writers and others are open to writers who are new to the craft. At a writing conference, you’ll meet literary agents, editors, speakers, presenters, and other writers who share your passion. A writing conference is about learning to be a better writer and about learning the business of writing. We hope you’ll enjoy our free writing conference list and pass it along to your writer friends!

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